There was an ok turn-out, but the food was fantastic!
The Theme: Your Grandmother's Kitchen
We all had to bring a dish or two that our grandmothers or great-grandmothers or great-great-grandmothers, etc would've made on at least a semi-regular basis. The foods of our heritages.
I did smoked pork hock in sauerkraut with bacon-onion perogies.
My grandmother, et al. is Ukrainian :)
Here's the details of the curing and smoking of the pork!
The hock is the ankle/lower shank part of the hog.
Sometimes confused with trotters/pig's feet.
These ones were from our hog this fall, the skin was removed when I opened the package :(
For the brine I used:
Whole Juniper Berry
Whole Yellow Mustard Seed
The seasonings were combined with 1litre of water and brought to a boil.
The brine then went in the bowl (minus pork hock) and went outside to cool off.
When cool the pork went in and sat in the fridge for about 18hrs.
"Charcuterie", where I got the recipe from, recommended over night for hocks.
The hocks are then hot smoked using charcoal and apple wood...
NOTE: while they were smoking I was inside making perogies :)
I could've eaten them right there.
Instead, they got covered in sauerkraut (that I admit should've rinsed off more :( ) and some water and put in the oven to braise for a bit.
For dinner I shredded the meat off the bone and mixed it in with the kraut.
Much easier for everyone to get a taste of everything!
Bacon Onion Perogies
While most people are aware that cheddar perogies are NOT traditional, it was still a bit strange to not have them at dinner.
According to my mother, cottage cheese with potato is the traditional filling. Cottage cheese can be made on the stove top with fresh (raw) milk. Easy for peasant folk to do :)
How To Eat?: I would take a bit of kraut with hock and piece of perogie. Yum-Yum!
(yes, I'm a food "mixer")
Our other foods included Filipino and -unknown- Asian cuisine!
I'm afraid I don't have the ethic names for the foods either (bad food blogger!)
Chicken Adobo, Mira
Caramelized Springrolls with Banana and Jackfruit, Mira (traditionally made with Plantain)
Salad Rolls (and peanut sauce which I don't have a picture of), and I can't remember the name of the guy who made them RIGHT IN FRONT OF US ;) Came prepared with everything ready to go!
** See Mira's Comment for More Info! :D
The next food adventure... Food Swap! Saturday Feb 18th!
(and I'm going ice fishing with my sisters this weekend, but that doesn't count as a food event until we catch something...)